Did you know that there are now ten Tuts+ sites. If you didn’t get a chance to check them out in November here’s a look at the top three from each site!
Aetuts+ – Adobe After Effects Tutorials from Beginner to Advanced.
Unfold A Magical Pop Up Book Simulation – Day 1
Every child loves the magical Pop Up book with every page turn bringing a new 3d scene to life. In this two part tutorial we’re gonna bust out some serious math to pull off this interaction between layers. Enjoy the tutorial… and if something pops out to you, let me know :)
Engage In A Harry Potter “Priori Incantatem” Duel – Day 1
This is the first of a 3-part series on how to replicate the Priori Incantatem effect from the Harry Potter films. In this part, we will take a look at matchmoving our shot and using the data to create a 3D camera inside of After Effects, as well as starting to create the particle animation. Along the way, we’ll also go through a few quick tips on how to speed up workflow by using expressions to automate animation.
Enough Lower Thirds To Feed A Small Country
In today’s tutorial, we’ll create a quick lower third just using some masks and layer styles. We’ll then talk about how you can totally rock your workload with a handy little script found over on aescripts.com.
Cgtuts+ – Tutorials & Articles on all aspects of Computer Graphics.
An Intro to Valve’s ‘Source SDK’
This November we posted an exclusive three-part series by Ben Henry showing how to get started with the incredibly popular ‘Source SDK’ from Valve. Part one took a look at the very basics of the software, whilst the later 2 parts’ look at adding textures and entities allowed you to go on and complete your very first level! Valve’s software is widely-regarded as some of the greatest on the planet, and the Source SDK is no exception. With further parts covering how to import models from other packages coming soon, this is one series the gamer in you won’t want to miss!
Construct a ‘Microcosm’ Using Blender 2.5 – Render & Comp
In his brand-new, advanced Blender 2.5 tutorial, Frederik Steinmetz showed us some of the amazing tricks and techniques used in creating his CG ‘Microcosm’ scene! The four parts covered a huge amount of topics including modeling, particle and hair simulations, texturing and lighting, but this final part covering rendering and completing the final composite wrapped up the series in an awesome way! It’s just another amazing example of what you can do with free software and comes highly recommended!
Recreate the ‘Cut & Paste’ Winning Scene in Modo
Finally this month on Cgtuts+ we have the first post to the site by industrial-design wizard Adam Ohern. Adam’s incredible modeling skills have earned him a CV featuring the likes of HP, Black & Decker & Bose Corporation and we’re thrilled to welcome him to our network. In this tutorial, Adam walked us through his winning entry in this year’s Cut And Paste contest, and it was a masterclass in quick and efficient modeling. We can’t wait to see what Adam comes up with next!
Nettuts+ – Web Development Tutorials
The 30 CSS Selectors you Must Memorize
So you learned the base
descendantselectors – and then called it a day? If so, you’re missing out on an enormous level of flexibility. While many of the selectors mentioned in this article are part of the CSS3 spec, and are, consequently, only available in modern browsers, you owe it to yourself to commit these to memory.
How to Create an Awesome Image Preloader
How often do you find that images in a website load gracefully; the kind where a loading icon first appears, and the image then fades in, once loaded? This technique can greatly boost the performance of your website. If you’re not already familiar with this method, you’re in luck! Today, we’ll create a preloader plugin for your projects. Intrigued? Let’s get started!
30 Kick-Ass Premium WordPress Plugins and Themes
The WordPress platform is an integral part of the Envato™ ecosystem. Regardless of whether you need a hand with design or development, the Envato™ marketplaces have you covered! You can purchase premium WordPress plugins and templates to hit the ground running with each new project.
Psdtuts+ – Adobe Photoshop Tutorials
Free Psd Premium Tutorial: Create a Mixed Style Collage
This tutorial was great because we gave all of our readers access to a premium tutorial written by senior author, Mark Mayers that demonstrates the process of exploring new styles of illustration by re-mixing existing elements with new ones. This is a great tutorial to help you learn and a fantastic way to get started with Psd Premium!
Speed Up Your Photoshop CS5 Workflow by Making Your Own Custom Panels
Speed up your workflow with the power of custom panels in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we will turn multi-stepped commands and tasks into one-click solutions. No programming skills needed.
Quick Tip: Create Liquid Filled Glass Text in Photoshop
Layer styles are a powerful tool in Photoshop that allow you to quickly create effects that you can then apply to additional objects. This tutorial will demonstrate how to use layer styles to create a liquid filled text effect in Photoshop.
Vectortuts+ – Vector Tutorials
Community: Totem Project 2
After the fantastic response to Vectortuts+ Totem Collection 1, I’m happy to present Vectortuts+ Totem Collection 2! Part two has some great pieces to look at, including a few submissions from our Vectortuts Flickr Group. You can still take part in this fun project! Check out our second totem, and how to get involved in future Totem Projects, at the jump.
Creating a Maneater Vector Girl through Collaboration
In this tutorial you’ll see a collaboration between two vector artists. Ashley S. Benson will be responsible for the initial composition layout and coloring while Sharon Milne (me) will be refining and adding further detailing to the collaboration. You’ll learn techniques from both artists and learn some helpful collaboration tips.
Create a Realistic, Burning Sparkler Using Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial we will create a photorealistic image of a sparkler. We will learn how to create vector textures using the standard bitmap filters. We’ll create complex lighting from two light sources using gradient fills, Blending Modes, and Clipping Masks.
Phototuts+ – Photography and post-processing tutorials
70+ Fantastic Firework Photos (And How to Shoot Them!)
It’s November again, and for those of us who live in England, that means Bonfire Night! It’s the perfect excuse to let off some fireworks and build a massive fire (something you do really need an excuse for…). For us photographers it also happens to create the ideal opportunity for beautiful, and perhaps unforgettable, photos!
An Introduction to Indoor and Studio Flash Photography
Today we’re going to delve into one of the most important aspects of photography – lighting. We’ll begin with a background as to why lighting is so important, discuss the traditional three-light setup, and then move on to illustrate a number of different lighting techniques (and the associated results)!
5 Professional Photography Website Services Compared
Getting a photography business off the ground can be exhausting and expensive. Most professional photographers have both a website and a portal that allows clients to view photos, make prints, buy albums and more. So how do you get all these goodies, and how much is it going to cost you?
Today we’ll introduce you to each service, describe their basic features and how they compare to the other options and give you a look at their pricing plans so you can decide which is best for you.
Activetuts+ – Flash, Flex and ActionScript tutorials from beginner to advanced.
Quick Tip: Create a Contact Form with SMS and Email Alerts
In this Quick Tip, I will show you how to build a contact form using PHP and ActionScript 3. We’ll learn how to pass variables from Flash to PHP and alert the owner by sending either an email or an SMS text message.
Creating Pixel Art in Flash Using Pixel Tools v2.0
This is an introduction to Pixel Tools v2.0. We’ll download the tools, install them, then use them to draw a cheeky snowman!
Open Mike: Capitalization
UpperCamel, or lowerCamel? This is Open Mike, a series of discussion posts to throw the cat amongst the pigeons. These posts are all about you — we want to hear your opinions, ideas, and thoughts. Due to popular demand, this Open Mike includes a poll to help us analyze opinion, so let’s hear what you have to say about capitalization..
Mobiletuts+ – Tutorials & Articles on Mobile Phone Development.
Titanium User Authentication: Part 1
iPhone and iPad Design Templates and How to Use Them
There is a lot of “process” that goes into designing for mobile devices, but sometimes you just wanna jump in and get your hands dirty! This post is designed to give you the tools you’ll need and the basic design and technical requirements to get you up and running quickly.
Beginning iOS Development: Building Fortune Crunch
Welcome to the second in our series of Beginning iOS Development tutorials. This tutorial will demonstrate how to build the FortuneCrunch application previously shown in our “Introduction to the iPhone SDK” post. In addition to being in a video format, this version has been updated for iOS4 and has much more detail on the various steps involved in crafting the application. Viewers can expect to become familiar with the Xcode and Interface Builder workflows, how to customize buttons and respond to button events, and fundamentals of Objective-C and Cocoa-Touch. A written transcript is also provided with this post.
Audiotuts+ – Audio Tutorials
Quick Tip: Super Quick Parallel Compression
There’s no denying that parallel compression is a great way to pump up just about any group of instruments. The technique involves creating a parallel stream of audio, compressing the hell out of it and mixing it with your original signal. It tends to work especially well with drums and percussion.
How to Work Out Songs by Ear, Part 1 – Basix
A budding guitarist – or even a relatively, uhm, budded one – could very easily and quite understandably get the idea that the ability to learn music by ear is some rare ability, bestowed only on those with uncommon talent, deep theoretical knowledge, years of experience, or some combination of the three.
Are the Volume Wars Killing Music? Which Side are You On?
The party is in full swing, your iPod is plugged into your biggest and best speakers, and you’ve just hit Play on your grooviest party mix playlist. The bass is thumping, the crowd starts to move, and so far the neighbors don’t seem to mind. Then something happens. This song sounds so much quieter than the other ones. People start to sit down. What a crappy song! Would you like to be the producer responsible for that track? No way! And thus the Volume Wars came into being.
Webdesigntuts+ – Web Design Tutorials
Understanding the F-Layout in Web Design
As the next part of our Web Design Layouts series, today we’re going to examine the “F Pattern Layout”; Rather than trying to force the viewer’s visual flow, the F-Layout gives in to the natural behaviors of most web surfers and it uses scientific studies to back it up. This tutorial will walk you through the principles of the F-Layout, why it works, and how you can create your own
30+ Awesome Free Fonts for Kick-Ass Web Designs
As we examined last week in our Font Replacement Review, new technologies have liberating web typography from the ordinary web safe fonts to a truly wide open horizon of new and bold and imaginative typefaces. It’s easier than ever to include your own custom fonts in a web design using various font replacement technologies. Today, we’ll review over 30 fonts that are worthy of your own font library.
The Web Designer’s Guide to Font Replacement Methods
Fed-up with Arial? Tired of Times New Roman? Font-replacement methods have improved dramatically over the past 2 years, but it can be often hard to sort out the different methods if you’re not constantly reading about it. This article will discuss various font replacement techniques that are out there right now. We’ll look at the pros and cons of each, the issue of font licenses and the best font resources on the web so you can start using them in your own web designs.